Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon. Joining him for the trip are his assistant Ben Sharpe, Barbicane's arch-rival Stuyvesant Nicholl, and Nicholl's daughter Virginia. Nicholl believes that Power X goes against the will of God and sabotages the projectile so that they cannot return to earth, setting up a suspenseful finale as they battle to repair the projectile.
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Did You Know?
George Sanders' quotation "The Lord moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform" is a variation on William Cowper's hymn (composed in 1773) "God Moves in a Mysterious Way." See more
During the meteor shower, smoke in the area outside the viewing port, supposedly from a previous meteor, reveals the guide wire the pyrotechnic ball travels past the main window. It can easily be seen in following shots as well. See more
You know, whenever I see you, I get the feeling that Barbicane is up to no good.
Opening credits are on the pages of a book, with the leads' photos included above the name. See more
from Forbidden Planet (1956)
composed by Bebe Barron
and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket See more